Paul Merson hails Martin Odegaard’s amazing assist against Brighton
‘Ronnie O’Sullivan in soccer’: Merson praises Odegaard’s superb help within the 4-2 win at Brighton and compares him to De Bruyne… earlier than he insists ‘I do not see anybody stopping Arsenal’.
Paul Merson hailed Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard as they beat Brighton 4-2 on New Yr’s Eve and likened his imaginative and prescient on the soccer discipline to snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Odegaard was named man of the match for the second consecutive sport as a result of his affect allowed Arsenal to go a tricky check on the south coast to advance by seven factors to the highest of the Premier League.
The Norwegian participant scored one objective and scored one other, Gabriel Martinelli locking the ball over his nice ball, scoring the Gunners’ fourth objective.
Martin Odegaard named man of the match for his present in Brighton – his miraculous go across the nook
Talking as an professional at Sky Sports activities, Arsenal icon Paul Merson stated: “After we discuss individuals seeing the photographs, Martin Odegaard is aware of what he is doing earlier than the ball is available in, and Martinelli is aware of what he is doing and he is leaving.” He runs with the ball at full pace.
“In soccer, Ronnie O’Sullivan seems to be on the hoops and Martin Odegaard does that.” Lots of people do not see this go, he is in all probability the one participant on the courtroom to see it.
“Kevin de Bruyne sees it, Odeegard sees it however I do not suppose he is seen some other participant within the Premier League open.”
Odegaard’s round-the-corner go for Gabriel Martinelli was hailed by Paul Merson.
After watching Arsenal improve their lead on the prime, Merson additionally spoke about his former membership’s championship possibilities, including: ‘It is good to observe. It is not an opportunity, it is not like we’re sitting right here scratching our heads.
“It’s a must to take a look at Man Metropolis, which we talked about as the one crew that may chase them – they misplaced at house to Brentford and drew at house to Everton, which was in a foul temper.” It is not like they’re tearing it up too.
“They had been video games they had been anticipated to win. If you discuss objectives you anticipate, I take a look at video games anticipated to win, and people are the 2 video games they need to have gained. That is the place the 5 factors drop.
“I do not see anybody stopping Arsenal proper now.”
Martinelli celebrates with fellow striker Bukayo Saka after scoring his crew’s fourth objective
Merson’s former Arsenal teammate Alan Smith additionally praised the Gunners’ efficiency at Sky – however stated “everybody” nonetheless believes Manchester Metropolis will win the league.
“At first none of us thought it might be potential and it’s so uncommon that they’re up seven factors however nonetheless everybody thinks Man Metropolis will win.” But when they will beat Metropolis, you then would possibly begin to imagine it,’ Smith stated.
“On the finish of final season, the wheels broke down, with the Spurs sport and Newcastle away sport not but coming, they ran out of fuel, their squad was stretched to the restrict.”
Odegaard had scored within the early night – simply minutes earlier than the break, he doubled Arsenal’s lead.
By way of in-depth energy, they’re in a greater place this season and I feel they’re extra mature. They’ve realized from final season, they seem to be a 12 months older and a 12 months smarter.’
Arsenal’s victory made them be a part of Liverpool, Fulham and Manchester United, making them the one aspect to have two wins after the World Cup.
The Gunners host Newcastle on Tuesday and so they need to take a 10-point lead – Manchester Metropolis play in 24 hours.
“They’re proper in,” Merson stated of their championship possibilities. “It is not an opportunity, they’re the place they’re as a result of they’re such soccer crew.”
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